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Fleetwood Town 2 Rovers 1

1 February 2020

Niall Ennis' strike was not enough to rescue a point for Rovers on a frustrating afternoon at Fleetwood Town.

Ched Evans and Harry Souttar put the home side two goals ahead in a match where both sides had to battle tough conditions with heavy winds disrupting the flow of the game.
Ennis fired home to get Rovers back in the game, but despite late pressure the visitors were unable to find a leveller.
Madger Gomes and Joe Wright returned to the starting XI as manager Darren Moore made two changes, with Rovers sporting black armbands in tribute to Jordan Sinnott who was killed in Retford the previous week. Sinnott was a footballer who played alongside Wright in Huddersfield Town's Academy in their younger days.
Conditions meant both sides struggled to create chances in the opening period with Tom Anderson blocking Souttar's effort after 10 minutes the first significant action of the match.
Rovers should have done better with a smart counter after 28 minutes, with Ennis feeding Jon Taylor but the No.10's cross into the area could not find a team-mate.
The home side went ahead after 36 minutes when Seny Dieng was blocked when trying to claim the ball from a corner, and Evans prodded home.
Kieran Sadlier tried a shot from distance that Alex Cairns got down to comfortably hold, with neither side creating anything else of note before the break.
Souttar doubled Fleetwood's advantage three minutes after the restart, and it was again from a set-piece as he turned the ball home following a free-kick.
That was a setback for Rovers, but Anderson headed wide from a corner and Sadlier had another effort before Ennis pulled one back.
It was a goal of sheer determination, with Taylor winning the ball back and feeding Ennis who ran at the home defence.
A home defender forced the ball wide to Sadlier, whose effort was blocked but only into the path of the on-loan Wolves man who fired home.
That gave Rovers real belief, and they enjoyed their best spell of the game.
Ennis had another effort deflected behind and Brad Halliday headed wide, but they could not find a way past Cairns.

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